Hello world! I hope you gorgeous people are having a good start to the week. I certainly am. I lost a whopping 2kgs so I’m over the moon…
This post is all about things I had no business buying, but bought anyway. The products are not bad products; they just didn’t work for me. There may have been a mismatch in colour or skin type, etc. or perhaps just a bad product for my needs… (I’m being very diplomatic here).
First up, is the Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream. First of all, I love Smashbox. Amazing stuff. The BB Cream however… not so much. I got this from Woolworths (where I buy all of my Smashbox stuff) and a consultant helped me find the “perfect shade” which is far from perfect for me. It literally gives my skin a greyish tint to it. The cream itself settles well on the skin and although it doesn’t exactly absorb oil, it leaves a velvety smooth finish (which lasts about 4 hours), but the colour is all wrong. I think my shade is medium dark, but the consultant sold me dark because medium dark hasn’t been introduced in SA yet. The cream cost me R430, which is money down the drain. Lesson here is, never take the consultant’s word as absolute truth, look for natural lighting before committing to a sale or even better, test the cream on your skin early in the day and wear it for the rest of the day to see how your skin reacts and to be able to see it in different lighting.
Next up is the Maybelline Sensational Lash Multiplying Mascara. I really can’t work with this mascara. I find it to be very runny, hard to layer and I have to say I hate the lash wand. It is very difficult to use on my type of lashes (they are short and curly). I wish they had placed a picture of the wand on the packaging to save me the pain. I even tried to straighten my lashes before using this, but nope. Not for me at all. It doesn’t do what it says on the packaging at all. I just end up with clumps and alien looking lashes. This gets a thumbs-down from me. I bought this at Dischem for R139.95.
This next product is one I had very high hopes for. The DermaFix Tone and Tighten Cellulite Gel. DermaFix has, by far, been my favourite cosmetic products yet. If you read my daily routine post, you’ll know that I trust DermaFix with my face. I use their products to keep my skin fresh, smooth and glowing. So naturally, I was excited to read about their cellulite gel. Having gained quite a bit of weight (I use “a bit” very loosely here) with my last pregnancy, I needed help dealing with my cellulite. This gel is…well… let’s call it hectic. Let me tell you about it: So I took my evening shower, taking care to scrub my bee-hind and thighs to remove all dead skin and prep my body for this amazing process. Then I rubbed the gel into my skin, in circular motion, making sure that it is all absorbed before I moved to the next area. Then I put my nightie on and went to bed. Within 30 minutes I could feel the heat it caused and I convinced myself that I was happy it was beginning to work. Within another 15 minutes I was in the shower, under cold running water, washing it off. It burnt the living sin out of me. I was literally in tears. But trust me to try it again the next day, minus the shower and scrubbing before, and I was back in the shower in no time to wash it off. This gel is hell’a hot. It doesn’t burn the skin or leave burn marks (nothing that hectic) but it has this burning sensation that is far from comfortable. I’m not sure what the story is, but I genuinely couldn’t stand the heat. I bought this from www.dermafix.co.za for R380.
Lastly is the BlackUp Concealer Palette. I think I initially bought this to try the whole contouring craze. I then realised that I couldn’t do that with it and stuck to concealing. The consistency is very thick and it’s really hard to get it on smoothly. I have since realised that I prefer creamy-runny concealers that glide on effortlessly. This one cakes on and tends to flake, and don’t even think of baking it. It’s just not for me. I got it from Red Square for about R420.
We all make bad buys from time to time. And that’s what I did in the case of these items. I’m learning about what works for me and what doesn’t and I’m sure as I try out new things this list will keep growing. We live and learn, right?
That’s it from me for now. I hope you’ve enjoyed this… Shazz, wishing you love and light.